Katie & Andy’s Modern, Tropical Riviera Maya Wedding

Hey destination wedding fans! This wedding has all the lovely tropical details, with modern, elegant touches — When Katie reached out about invitations for her upcoming destination wedding in Mexico, I was so excited to create something special for the occasion. We based Katie & Andy’s beach-friendly wedding stationery on existing designs from our collection (the Palm Leaves Save the Date paired with the Pastel Modern Invitation Suite), but we customized the layout and typography to match their tropical-chic vision.

Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
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Beachfront Wedding Magic

Staying true to the tropical vibe, Katie & Andy’s big day included lush white blooms paired with greenery, bridesmaids decked in white for a beachy feel, a chic oceanfront ceremony with palm-leaf backdrop, and, of course, the stunning happy couple, all captured by Moni & Adri Photography. The groom donned an elegant white tux, while Katie went for a customized, classic-yet-sexy gown by Martina Liana. The lace-detailed top is combined with a light crepe skirt that made it perfect for a beach affair (no big ball gowns here!). I’ll let Katie describe some of the day’s highlights in her own words, below:

Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya

“When we sat down to plan our wedding, the first thing we did was choose 3 adjectives we wanted it to be: intimate, chic, and energetic. That was the guide for all of our decision making! When we decided to have a destination wedding, we took a trip to the Riviera Maya and fell in love with Banyan Tree Mayakoba. The Riviera Maya was the location of our first date so it was already very personal to us. We choose the Banyan Tree Mayakoba because of its gorgeous aesthetic and unmatched customer service. It was extremely important to us that all of our guests had a fantastic time which we knew was guaranteed at the Banyan Tree. We were lucky enough to have 60 of our closest friends and family there — the perfect size as it provided the intimate feel we wanted, but still enough people for a good dance party!”

Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
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Modern Meets Tropical

“The theme for our wedding was modern meets tropical. We wanted the beauty of our beach location to standout so we used a white palette with touches of gold and lots of greenery through natural elements. Even the bridesmaids wore white which was a little non-traditional, but gorgeous against the sandy backdrop.

For our Save the Dates, we wanted to get everyone excited for the tropical destination so we chose a palm print. For the invites, we wanted to match our neutral palette so we chose a blush watercolor design. Both fit our beach chic aesthetic thanks to Fine Day Press!”

Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya

Sweet Moments & Personal Touches

“Our first look was completely private in the mangroves of the gorgeous Banyan Tree Mayakoba. We were both so overcome with emotion and could not stop smiling looking at one other. Seeing his reaction to my dress and being able to share a moment together before the ceremony was so intimate and special.

We wrote custom vows to read on the big day. While the ceremony felt like a blur, I’ll never forget sitting at our kitchen table and writing our vows together over coffee. Andy’s mom married us. She is such a special woman to both of us and we knew she would make the ceremony even more meaningful.”

Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya

Post-Ceremony Grooves & Foodie Bites

We took dance lessons leading up to the wedding and started the party with a merengue dance to Leon Bridges, ‘Beyond.’ The rest of the night was followed by a blend of Motown and hip hop. A custom floral ring hung over the dance floor featuring robust native greenery and white roses, lisianthus and hydrangeas.

Andy and I both love food so it was super important to us that our guests dined well all weekend. For our rehearsal dinner, we had a Mexican fiesta including ‘al pastor’ tacos with fresh tortillas and churros. For our reception, we opted for a cold bar featuring oyster, crab, and tuna carpaccio and a live grill station with steak and chorizo. The weekend menu was capped off with a brunch including an omelette station and mimosa bar.

Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya
Elegant Tropical Destination Wedding in Riveria Maya

Thank you, Katie & Andy, for sharing your special day with us! I loved being part of the magic…

Vendor credits:

Planning: Dream Weddings Riviera Maya
Venue: Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Photography: Moni & Adri Photography
Invitations & Save the Dates: Fine Day Press
Flowers: Vanessa Jaimes Floral Design
Dress:Martina Liana Bridal Designs & White Dresses Boutique
Rentals: Archive Rentals
Tuxedo: The Black Tux
DJ: Big Bang Productions
Hair & Makeup: Gamaliel Alvarez

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